Monday, March 26, 2007

Internet: The Lame Seductress

I maybe shouldn't presume, but I imagine that a lot of people with ADD spend too much time on the web. There is a Facebook.com group (don't look for it now) titled "Wikipedia is Choose-Your-Own-Adventure for Grown-ups," and I think it is true. Even more so, the whole web is like a giant cluttered Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, where the "adventure" has endless and rather stupid subplots, many of which are never resolved. What I'm trying to say is that the Internet allows to look up tidbit after tidbit bap-bap-bap, stimulus-stimulus-stimulus. It's the ultimate Devil's playground for those with ADD.

I have tried to establish rules for myself, like no late night web surfing, when I lose track of time the most. However, the most effective strategy I've found is to leave my laptop computer somewhere other than my home, so I'm not tempted to look up "one more little thing." That "one more little thing" invariably becomes a mini-web of its own. So what can you do: stash the computer as soon as you've used it for the day, or get rid of it (or them!) if you don't really need one, especially at home. Limit the number of distractions in your life, especially those that have a low [usefulness]:[time involved] ratio. Even if you get a lot of email, for example, I think it's fairly safe to say that checking once a day would keep you up-to-date enough, and without all the nearly pointless repeat checking (email, news sites, Facebook), you might actually get things done.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have had issues with the internet as well - the worst part was that i got so into all the orgnizing online wheather it be gcal or some sort of online task manager that everything i needed to do was some how tied to the internet as the information i needed to do it was always up there.

needless to say - this wasnt the best situation as i kept running into walls because of my bad web surfing habits and how 1 "oh i got to look one more thing up" moment would last the whole night as i got distracted over everything. I got to the point that i would plug my sink and turn it on so that it would fill up (yes if i didnt get back in time it would over flow and i had a big mess to clean up) that was the best way i found to do a "just one more thing" look up ...but even so...i am now at the point where i got rid of the internet entierly in my room - and had my gf disable safari, youtube, itunes etc...in the parental section of my itouch. - and belive it or not - i really get a whole lot more done.

The ultimate truth is - you just have to not tie your self to the internet - i transfered all my organization to excel sheets on a jump drive and sync it with my computer - and i use the cal on my i touch that in case i need to back it up i do that on outlook on my computer though i don't receive emails there.

ever since i did that - I'm more focused...and I get a lot more accomplished...as well as reflect more on life as i go through it.

Diana Rodríguez Amaya said...

yeaaaaaaa....

tanks for those strategies!!!!

you both just relax me

i thing i would never be organized again....

but its not just the internet .... i get crazy with a diccionary..... each time i take one i can spend so much time there.... then i lost my time.... ´

see, tomorrow i have a exam about hematology.... i´ve study, and right now i was reading an cientific article.... and look now im writting here......

im going to take an appointment witn the psicologist of my medical school.... and see how she can helps me...or he?...
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thanks for the strategies...

reading you later...

Diana

Anonymous said...

i ve been telling people for last two yrs in my med school how i can spend literally 40 hrs straight on wiki days before our exam WHILE I AM TRYING TO STUDY. cus any word in the notes. go look it up. oh crap. its thursday. when did that happen. and they always think im joking or exaggerating. i read these stories and i understand. its gotten to the point where instead of my notes im reading the back of my monster can one inch to the right of my notes, and then my "one more thing" takes over and before i know it im wikipedia'ing every ingredient in monster, the location of the company, etc etc

i havnt found much satisfaction with dealing with anything though, and its leading to depression, cus i have usmle step 1 coming up, and i cant stop stressing about it. but while eveyrbody else is just calm and joking and studying all day. i am sad and stressed and not joking and not studying. like its the worst thing ever.

sakurita_kiut said...

I have awful issues with internet as well. I'm a med student in Mexico. I fail biochemistry on my second semester and I felt awful. It was even worse because I actually liked it. I even explained problems and other things to my classmates but I could get to pass one single test. That's when I knew that something was wrong and went to the school counselor. After a lot of tests I was diagnosed as ADD. I started taking the medications and everything went better. But I dropped the meds because it was very expensive and I didn't have any suppor from my mother (who keeps telling me I'm not an ADD).
Anyway I really like your blog. It reminds me that I can get trough med school and survive THANKS A LOT.
Laura

Anonymous said...

it is sort of hard not use the computer's internet since all USMLE stimulated-board exams are based on the computer. yea, wikipedia is like crack to ADD. any suggestions?